Gender Masculine & Feminine
Usage English (Rare)
Other Forms FormsKesten, Kestin, Kestyn
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 5/13/2007
Derived from the English surname of Keston, of which the meaning is a bit uncertain. The surname probably derives its name from the parish of Keston, which is nowadays a suburban area in London. In turn, the parish is said to have derived its name from Anglo-Saxon Cysse stan meaning "the stone of Cyssa". Cyssa (which is also found spelled as CISSA) is an Anglo-Saxon masculine given name of uncertain meaning. So, in short: the parish had originally been named after a man named Cyssa.However, there is one other possible etymology for the surname: one source claims that it was derived from an Old French form of the given name CHRISTIAN, which had been introduced to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. This seems possible in theory, if only for the visual similarities between Keston and Christian.With that said, known bearers of Keston as a given name include the British poet Keston Sutherland (b. 1976), the Trinidadian sprint athlete Keston Bledman (b. 1988) and the Guyanese-Sint Maartener cricketer Keston Dornick (b. 1988).